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Retire Early: The Simple Guide - I Wrote A Book

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Early Retirement The Simple Guide is now available in hardback and Kindle format! I collaborated on this book with Thomas Walke, a fellow Swiss blogger.

Our book is aimed at assisting readers in achieving financial independence and, in some cases, early retirement. Early Retirement The Simple Guide is a broad guide that may be used in any country, however we’re focusing on European nations.

This essay delves into the details of The Simple Guide to Retiring Early and how we came to write it.

The Simple Guide to Retiring Early

My first novel

The Simple Guide to Retiring Early

A step-by-step path to achieving Financial Independence and, if desired, early retirement.

Begin your road to financial independence right now!

Retire Early: The Simple Guide

Currently, the book is accessible in both Kindle and hardback forms. The paperback edition will be available in mid-January.

This book seeks to provide the reader with all of the information needed to begin his road toward Financial Independence (FI) and maybe early retirement (both are not required!).

We aim to lay out the stages and blueprint so that the reader may begin budgeting. However, we do not disclose all of the information, such as which investment portfolios to use or which broker to utilize. These questions may be answered using good resources (blogs and books). And the finest services to utilize are always changing and may be discovered more easily online.

Here are the book’s key chapters as a sample:

  1. Is it feasible to retire at a young age?
  2. How much cash do I require?
  3. How can you get around the 4% rule’s restrictions?
  4. When will I be able to retire?
  5. How can I get closer to my goal?
  6. What must I do to make it a reality?
  7. How can I get started with my FI strategy?

If you’re interested in learning more, you may read a reading sample on Amazon or read our reviewers’ testimonies.

If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments section below, and I will respond as quickly as possible.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on the book if you chance to read it. Please feel free to contact me or leave a direct review on Amazon to let me know what you think of the book.

We wrote Retire Early: The Simple Guide for a reason.

Around the beginning of the year, Thomas approached me to suggest that we collaborate on a personal finance book. I’d always wanted to write a book, so I figured this would be a great chance to get started. It was also fascinating to learn from Thomas, who had authored another book, rather than having to learn everything from fresh. So that’s how the project got started.

We decided on an early retirement book after some deliberation because we thought it would be a good place for us to add valuable information based on our experience.

Indeed, there are a plethora of publications about early retirement, some of which are excellent and others which are dreadful. We thought there was still space for one more, however. Indeed, the majority of these publications are geared toward Americans, and we wanted to provide a European viewpoint on early retirement.

And, in case you’re wondering, this book was not written for profit. We don’t anticipate to make a lot of money from the book. We’ll be thrilled if the book sells well, but in terms of the amount of hours involved, it’s not a tremendous moneymaker.

How did we come up with the idea for the book?

For those who are interested, I’d want to tell you a little bit about how we came up with the idea for the book. That is not a book-writing advice since I am not an expert on the topic.

We used Microsoft Word to write the book and shared the files over Google Drive.

Because we were writing the book in Word, we couldn’t work on it at the same time. Because we have different schedules, everything worked out well in the end, although it isn’t ideal. We chose Word since we already have a hardback book template in the program.

In retrospect, we should have been able to write the book concurrently (both in parallel) without any problems using Google Docs. Then, if required, we may transfer the text into Word or create an appropriate template in Docs. This would have prevented certain issues and made synchronization easier, particularly during the review stage.

We held weekly meetings throughout the process to coordinate and plan the next stages. In addition, we had a few email conversations to synchronize and transfer the file.

We began by laying up the whole table of contents, complete with chapters and divisions. Then we divided the work into portions and assigned sections to each writer. We all began writing on our own after that. After we completed one portion, we handed it over to the other writer for critique. This procedure, I feel, worked nicely.

It was time for reviews when we finished writing everything. We went through everything a couple times ourselves. This procedure was challenging since we couldn’t work on the file at the same time, but it proceeded well. Then we had a few reviewers read the book and offer us their feedback (many thanks to them). We put them all to use as soon as we acquired them.

Finally, after we had a strong manuscript, we began gathering all of the information we would need for the Amazon release. Finally, we devised a strategy for the book’s promotion.

How’s it doing with the book?

In general, I think the book is performing well. We don’t have high hopes for the book, and we don’t anticipate to become wealthy or famous as a result of Retire Early: The Simple Guide!

We still want people to read the book, however.

So we attempted to promote the book while it was still in pre-order, and we had nine orders before the official release date. It’s worth noting that the orders came from all throughout Europe. We intended this book to be beneficial for Europeans, so this variety of readers is a great indicator. I’m not sure it was worth it to experiment with the pre-order, but it was fun.

We’ve sold roughly 50 books in total thus far. It’s an excellent outcome for my debut book, and I wasn’t anticipating much more.

We chose not to publish all of the versions at the same time, but to spread them out over a month. We reasoned that this would be the best option. However, I now believe that this was a mistake. So many people asked me when the print edition will be released after the ebook launch. Even though the hardback was popular, many people preferred the paperback. If I ever do anything like this again, I’ll release all three versions at once.

We could have made things easier by releasing all three versions at the same time and without requiring pre-orders. We would have saved time and questions if we had done so. And I’m not convinced we’d be in any worse shape. However, it was a fascinating experience!

Will I continue to write books?

Writing a book was a fantastic experience. Writing a book alongside someone else was also a terrific learning experience for me.

I don’t believe I’ll write another personal finance book, however. This blog is sufficient for me in this regard. Writing a book and having it published on Amazon takes a lot of time and effort for very little payoff. I’m pleased to have an Amazon book, but I’m equally pleased to be writing on this site.

On the other side, I’m thinking of writing a few ebooks for the site. That’s something I’ve been thinking about for a long time. However, if that is the case, I will very certainly sell them straight on the blog.

I’m also unlikely to collaborate on another book with anybody. As I previously said, it was a fantastic learning experience, but holding meetings for a hobby seems like work. I have enough meetings at work, and I don’t need any more in my side hustles. I want to be able to do anything I want, whenever I want with my site.

Finally, I may create a programming book at some point. If that’s the case, it won’t be on the blog; instead, it’ll most likely be on Amazon. But it’s something I’d want to accomplish at some point.


My first novel

Retire Early: The Simple Guide

A step-by-step path to achieving Financial Independence and, if desired, early retirement.

Begin your road to financial independence right now!

Retire Early: The Simple Guide

We hope that as many people as possible will find Retire Early: The Simple Guide beneficial! If you read it, please let us know what you think or leave a review on Amazon.

Overall, writing this book was a fantastic experience. But I’m not sure I’ll do it again, particularly for a personal finance book. It is a significant amount of time that I could have spent on this site or on my interests instead. And I despise meetings because they make me feel like I’m doing work. But I’m relieved to have finished the book!

What are your thoughts on Retire Early: The Easy Guide? Are there any questions you’d want to ask Thomas or me?

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The author of thepoorswiss.com is Baptiste Wicht. He recognized he was sliding into the lifestyle inflation trap in 2017. He made the decision to reduce his spending while increasing his income. This blog chronicles his journey and discoveries. In 2019, he plans to save more than half of his salary. He set a goal for himself to achieve financial independence. Here’s where you may send a message to Mr. The Poor Swiss.

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